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Lead Poisoning in Oregon

Alarming levels of lead have been found in traditional cosmetics used in Hindu and Muslim religious practices and South and Southeast Asian cultures. High lead levels have also been found in the spice turmeric, particularly in smaller batches brought​ in from overseas.


Frequently Asked Questions: Lead in Traditional Cosmetics and Turmeric

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Lead poisoning prevention tips

Lead poisoning is a significant environmental health problem.

Laws and regulations are in place to protect people; however lead poisoning is still a risk for many Oregonians, especially children. The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program enforces state regulations, oversees professional training and certification, and responds to concerns about lead and its effect on public health.

Contact Us   Training Calendar (pdf)   Notice of Abatement Form (pdf)  


NEW: Lead-Based Paint Program's Proposed 2021 Legislation for Clean Up Authority of Lead-Based Paint Hazards

On behalf of OHA, Governor Kate Brown submitted HB 2077 for consideration during the 2021 session. The bill would give OHA authority to require cleanup of properties where violations of lead-safe work practices have created lead-based paint hazards. For more information, see HB 2077. Current statutory authority can be found in ORS 431A.355, 431A.358 and 431A.363.

Learn more:  Webinar recordingPowerPoint from webinar (pdf) 


 News

EPA Revision to the Dust-Lead Clearance Level (effective March 8, 2021)

Law Related to Demolition of Residences with Lead-Based Paint

Alerts and Recalls

FDA Safety Warning for LeadCare Analyzers

Reducing Lead in School Drinking Water

 Oregon Data

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